(Lisle, Ill.) What
began as a typical day in April for a Track & Field meet in the Midwest,
became an abbreviated competition sleet and freezing rain resulted the
cancellation of the final eight events.
The meet began well for the Cornerstone women. Jill
Louisignau got things started by leading the 3,000 meter steeple from the gun.
Running alone, Louisignau ran close to the paced needed to hit the NAIA
provisional qualifying standard of 11:35.20. After lapping half the other
competitors, Jill reached the finish line in 11:36.88, just short of the
qualifying mark, but nine second under her freshman record set two weeks
Brandi Harr took second in the pole vault clearing 11' 1.75"
then placed second in the 100 hurdles, clocking 16.82.
Before the mist and drizzle turned to rain, Erin Swinger and
Kayleigh Hammond completed the discus competition. Both advanced to the finals
where Swinger threw 122' 5" for third. Hammond tied for seventh at 108' 2".
As the hammer throw got underway the temperature was falling
and the rain thickened to sleet. Hammond's first attempt in the slick circle
measured just 101' 9". As Swinger stepped in for her first throw the lightening
warning system sounded. During the mandatory 30 minute delay, the meet director
determined the weather would not get any better and cancelled the remaining
events. "I don't think anyone believed there was a lightning strike within 10
miles of the track," said CU coach Rod Wortley, "but no one was disappointed
that the meet was called off at that point. The conditions for the throwing
events were unsafe and we would have scratched our athletes from the remaining
sprinting events. Getting home two hours early was a great way to end the day."